Kingsclere Counselling


At some point

We all struggle and look for help

Sometimes things happen out the blue which can throw life into turmoil. Other times day-to-day life can become unbearable and it is hard to see a way forward.

Wherever you find yourself, counselling can help to give you a space to explore what is happening and its impact on you. Together we can work towards getting you where you want to be.

“I want to thank you for your help in the last year; your true support and fair treatment. Very rarely have I not felt judged or shamed talking about myself. You have helped me understand myself; the hurt and sadness I carry with me. I feel every day I let a bit of it go. And with that, the world is a little sweeter, warmer and my thoughts maybe kinder”

Will it work?

Will it work?

Most people claim to appreciate the outcome from their therapy. Although, as with many things, outcomes vary from person to person dependent on their situation and goals.

Research has shown that regardless of approach, the most important factor in the “success” of therapy is the working relationship between counsellor and client. With this in mind, hopefully we are the people who can help you.

How does it work?

Our work is underpinned by certain beliefs

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We are Unique

We believe everybody is unique, as is the situation that brings them to counselling. Our initial aim is to understand who you are, why you've come to see us, and what it is you would like to get from counselling.

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Everybody has the potential to make changes.

Whilst we all have the ability to change, sometimes we think, believe or behave in a way which prevents us from realising that potential. You may feel stuck. You may feel like you're going round in circles. Together we can identify these blockages and work on removing them so you can move forward.

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Our past informs us, but does not have to define us.

We are a product of our past, and things may have happened to you which have greatly affected you. We cannot go back and change those events, however together we can explore their impact on you, and look at how you choose to take them forward.

We can help with

Depression, Anxiety, Stress, Exhaustion, Anger, Self-esteem, Bereavement, Loss, Relationship issues, Living with illness, Caring, Guilt, and Trauma amongst many other conditions.

If what you're struggling with is not on this list, please contact us and ask how we can help you.

What to expect

What we won't do

We won't make you lie on a couch.

We won't scribble notes and say “Hmmm”.

We won't prescribe a set of “exercises”.

What we will do

We will listen.

We will help.

We will work with you.

Myth Busters

Set your mind at ease

Common Misconceptions

My therapist will know what I’m thinking.

I'll be encouraged to blame my parents or childhood experiences.

Therapy will quickly fix all of my problems.

Talking to someone who doesn’t know me won’t help.

I will have to lie on a sofa.

My therapist might judge me.

Counselling takes forever.

Counselling is only for crazy people.

Counselling is only for problems that are severe.

Everyone will know I'm seeing a counsellor.

My counsellor will draw out my deep dark secrets.

Seeking counselling is a sign of weakness.


Kingsclere Counselling Service

I began Kingsclere Counselling Service in 2016 to provide a space which is warm, welcoming, reassuring and safe; in which members of the local community can receive the highest standard of therapy based on robust knowledge, strong ethics, and professionalism. In 2019 I was very excited to welcome other therapists into the practice to help me achieve this and reach more people with a wider variety of issues.

I myself am a counsellor who works with the Humanistic approach combining Existential, Person Centred and Gestalt approaches. I am a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and adhere to their ethical guidelines for good practice at all times to ensure the safety of my clients and the effectiveness of my work.

I am passionate about mental health, breaking the taboo and stigma around seeking professional help.

For more about my colleagues please read here... and if you are a therapist who would like work with us to make the vision happen please contact me.

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Meet The Team

Maxine (Max) Howe
Relational Counsellor, FdA, MinstLM, MBACP

I am a counsellor, qualified in Humanistic Counselling based on Transactional Analysis and in Young Persons' Counselling, and certified to practise since 2014. Coming originally from a background in leadership and management, I am passionate about human growth and development and helping to enable this in others.

I support clients of all age groups, with a range of presenting issues and personal development needs. These include:

  1. Addictions & Problem Gambling
  2. Anxiety & Depression
  3. Bereavement, Stress & Trauma
  4. Building Self-Esteem & Confidence
  5. Personal Growth & Relationship Issues
  6. Forming & Realising Life Goals

As a Registered Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy, I adhere to their Ethical Framework, to provide a safe and supportive space for clients to explore their needs. With all clients, I aim to build a collaborative relationship to produce positive outcomes, whether we work together in the short, or longer term.

Sessions will be £50 and last for 50 Minutes.
Block bookings of six sessions are £250 (£225 for counselling students).
All fees are payable in advance.
Cancellations, with no charge, require a minimum of two business days' notice.
An initial, free half hour telephone consultation is provided. Simply Email me your preferred number and I will call you at an agreed time.

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Madeleine Duncan-Booth
MBACP Counsellor

I offer a confidential, warm and welcoming space, where you can talk freely about your issues without judgement or criticism.

Through building a trusting and collaborative relationship we can work together with the issues you bring and find understanding of the thoughts, feelings and behaviours that you are experiencing.

Counselling will give you the opportunity to pause, breathe, reflect, and be heard. An opportunity which can bring about greater understanding and self-awareness, fresh perspective, and a stronger sense of self.

I find that words often fail us – we cannot find the words to really express the spectrum of emotions we are feeling. Therefore, occasionally, with your permission and with your comfort level being the most important thing to me, I may introduce a creative way of working.

Working creatively may mean using stones, shells, drawings or small objects to bring a different focus to our work which may enable us to gain alternative valuable insights that support your healing.

Each 50-minute session is charged at £50

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Liz Clark MBACP
Humanistic, Gestalt and Walk & Talk Counsellor

I’m a qualified Humanistic Gestalt Counsellor and a member of the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy.

I offer one to one counselling for as little or as much time as you may need. I can’t provide all of the answers but I can sit beside you, listen and work with you to help you explore your issues and move forward.

I am a great believer in the mental health benefits of walking side by side exploring issues in natural surroundings and also offer outdoor walk and talk therapy as an alternative to sessions held within the counselling room.

Each 50-minute session is charged at £45

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Elinor Harvey MBPsS
Relationship Counsellor and Couples Therapist

I work with both individuals and couples experiencing relationship difficulties. Happy, successful relationships allow us to thrive and have a wider positive impact on our mental health, our careers, family life and future aspirations. Conversely relationship problems can cause us to feel lost, overwhelmed and rootless. When our closest relationships feels under threat, we don’t always know where to turn.

I offer what used to be called 'marriage counselling' but in fact I work with everyone whether they are married, single, co-habiting, in a long term partnership, or something else! I focus on the patterns and dynamics of your relationship and try to understand what has led to some of these issues occurring. I am a qualified Relate Counsellor, and have 10 years of experience working and volunteering in mental health services, including the NHS and Relate. I am fully insured and a member of the British Psychological Society. I offer kind, open minded and supportive approach, based on Systemic, Psychodynamic and CBT principles.

I see clients for a wide range of reasons, which may include:

  1. Infidelity, affairs and trust issues
  2. Communication difficulties and arguments
  3. Maintaining a healthy relationship after the arrival of a baby
  4. Fertility issues
  5. Sexual and intimacy difficulties
  6. Worries around dating and finding a partner
  7. Difficulties maintaining relationships
  8. Blending families and step children
  9. Improving parent-child relationships
  10. Commitment worries
  11. The loss of a special relationship or person
  12. The impact of mental ill health
  13. Financial difficulties
  14. Helping clients separate amicably

My sessions are £65 for 50 minutes. All fees are payable in advance, with 24 hours notice required for cancellation of appointments.

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What do I do now?

If you have any questions not covered above, or would like to take the next step, please get in touch. We understand this can be a daunting thing to do, there is a contact form here which will send an email, or you can give us a call. If we cannot get to the phone, please do leave a message stating a contact number and some convenient times for us to call you back.

What happens next?

Once we've had a brief chat and confirmed a few details, we can arrange for you to come in for your first session. At this time we'll discuss why you're here, go through the paperwork, and most importantly see if we're someone you'd like to work with. It's important that you feel comfortable with us for the process to be effective.

How much and how long are the sessions?

Sessions with me are £50 and are 50 minutes long. Other members of the team may have different rates, please see their individual information for details.

How many sessions will I need?

Due to the fact that every client is different, that is a very hard question to answer, but ultimately it is down to you. Where possible, we recommend that you come at the same time every week as continuity in the work really helps. Hopefully the work will progress well and therapy will come to a natural conclusion when you feel you have got what you need.

Sometimes, it is not that straight forward and you might discover difficulties or other areas you wish to work on, in which case the therapy can continue for as long as you wish it to.

Financial or time restraints are understandable, and sometimes inevitable, and may put restrictions on the number of sessions you are able to attend.

Bearing all this in mind, we would suggest a review every six weeks to discuss how you feel the work is going and whether you wish to continue, but it is entirely up to you and you are free to stop therapy at any time.

Difference between counselling and psychotherapy?

This has been a much debated topic, so to answer we are going to refer you to the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy:

“Counselling and psychotherapy are umbrella terms that cover a range of talking therapies. They are delivered by trained practitioners who work with people over the short or long term to help them bring about effective change or enhance their wellbeing.

Counselling and psychotherapy are services sought by clients to help them resolve emotional, psychological and relationship issues within a context of confidentiality and clear ethical boundaries using evidence-based interventions to foster long-term recovery, increased resilience and wellbeing.

BACP sees no evidence of any difference between the functions of counselling and psychotherapy”

Where are you?

We are based on a farm on the main road between Basingstoke and Newbury (don’t worry you won’t need wellies!). For a map, bus routes and directions by car please see here

Is there parking?

Yes. There is parking close to our offices.

Do you have disabled access?

Our premises are on the first floor. There is a flight of stairs and unfortunately there is no lift.



01256 962 775
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Pitt Hall Farm,
Ramsdell, Basingstoke, Hants, RG26 5RJ


By bus:

The Link bus between Newbury and Basingstoke stops right outside the farm. Please take care crossing or walking alongside the A339, it is very busy and fast. For a timetable see

By car from Basingstoke:

Come along the A339.

Approximately 3 miles after you leave Basingstoke, there is a blind right hand bend at the top of a rise. As you come down the other side you will see farm buildings on both sides of the road.

Please turn right into the farm yard where the road is painted red.

By car from Newbury:

Come along the A339.

Approximately 3 miles south of Kingsclere you will see farm buildings on both sides of the road.

Please turn left into the farm yard where the road is painted red.

Once in the yard - You will see a sign for Kingsclere Counselling Service on the end of a building in front of you. Please come through the brown door in the side of this building and proceed up the stairs where you will find our office at the top.

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